A Systems Approach to Biomechanics, Mechanobiology, and Biotransport

Shayn M. Peirce-Cottler, Edward A. Sander, Matthew B. Fisher, Alix C. Deymier, John F. LaDisa, Grace O’Connell, David T. Corr, Bumsoo Han, Anita Singh, Sara E. Wilson, Victor K. Lai, Alisa Morss Clyne

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The human body represents a collection of interacting systems that range in scale from nanometers to meters. Investigations from a systems perspective focus on how the parts work together to enact changes across spatial scales, and further our understanding of how systems function and fail. Here, we highlight systems approaches presented at the 2022 Summer Biomechanics, Bio-engineering, and Biotransport Conference in the areas of solid mechanics; fluid mechanics; tissue and cellular engineering; biotransport; and design, dynamics, and rehabilitation; and biomechanics education. Systems approaches are yielding new insights into human biology by leveraging state-of-the-art tools, which could ultimately lead to more informed design of therapies and medical devices for preventing and treating disease as well as rehabilitating patients using strategies that are uniquely optimized for each patient. Educational approaches can also be designed to foster a foundation of systems-level thinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number040801
JournalJournal of biomechanical engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2024
Externally publishedYes

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